Rio Irons return no better than evens


RioWest Ham rate themselves at no better than even money chance to move in on out of contract Rio Ferdinand.

It has been widely speculated that the club may be ready to bring him back to the Boleyn Ground for a last Irons hurrah.

It has also been reported that the former star is “desperate” to make a Hammers return but ClaretandHugh has discovered that may be slightly over-cooking the situation.

Although sources inside the club believe the 35 year old still has something to offer it is certainly no given that the Peckham-born central defender would be offered a deal.

ClaretandHugh were told: “Rio has had a great career and as a club we have to be proud of his achievements as one of our former academy youngsters.

“We have targeted several areas and central defence may not be one of the priority areas at this moment.”

According to reports this morning (Mon) the Irons would face stiff competition for Ferdinand’s signature anyway with losing FA CupFinal manager Steve Bruce indicating a mild interest.

There is also believed to be an interest from the MLS, and Fulham. Alongside that is the players long term and close friendship with former boss Harry Redknapp.

Meanwhile, Bruce is reported as saying: “Rio has been a wonderful player… who knows?  If he fancies a game, once we’ve got over the weekend, then I’ll see if we’ll give him a call.”

West Ham will be waiting until the future of Sam Allardyce is sorted before making any signings this summer anyway.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • sparrow says:

    We need to reduce the number of over thirty players on our books, not go out and get another. He is an old man in football terms, I can’t believe we would even consider it.

  • Michael Miller says:

    I agree, he’s got to an age where injuries take their toll and he will be a huge risk for us – quite frankly, one we can’t afford.

    Injuries and ageing players go hand in hand, we’ve had more than enough of that during last season!

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